White People Won't Save You

White People Won't Save You

A podcast that deconstructs the white savior trope in film, and recenters the Black and PoC chaaracters and actors in them.

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September 21, 2022 45 min

On todays episode we speak with the one and only Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show, Confess, Fletch) and we are absolutely as hyped as you are! 

Together, we break down the 2008 Clint Eastwood vehicle (rim shot), Gran Torino. With almost a slur a minute, there was a lot to break down. Roy shares a story about hitting Clint's car with a football on the Warner Brothers lot, we ask if the point of the film is white forgiveness, and we ...

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And now, we present to you one of the cringiest and most requested movies we've had in some time. A movie so bad, we honestly recommend you don't watch. We're talking about the one, the only, 2020 train wreck, The Cricket's Dance. 

We're joined by the wonderful Alexis Harper, whose tweet brought this cursed film to our attention, so it was only right we had her own to talk through it. 

Part slave movie, part rom...

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September 7, 2022 138 min

BMX, family, nazis? That's right, we're talking about the 2020 (yes 2020) Chris Bridges executive produced The Ride

What else is there to say, Ludacris loves a neo-nazi to BMX glory in this "based on a true story" drama. Except it's all made up! We question why they would even take the story from the UK to the US, what Ludacris thought he was doing with this one, and talk about what second chances actually mea...

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Part 2 of our spooky discussion with the good people of Uy Que Horror! We finish up our talk by going over the actual history of zombies and voodoo in Haiti, the wild and cursed happenings on the set, and Jonny and Aileen give us some amazing Latinx horror recommendations.

We cannot recommend Uy Que Horror enough! It’s an incredibly fun, funny, and often insightful look at Latinx horror from all around the world. You can find and s...

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It's scary hours over here, as we talk about our first ever white savior horror film (if you don't count White Man's Burden...or Green Book...or...). Anyways, we're joined by our podcast cousins Jonny and Aileen over at Uy Que Horror to break down 2 time offender Wes Craven's 1988, The Serpent and The Rainbow. 

Surprisingly based on a non fiction book of the same title, the film stars Bill Pullman trying to stea...

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This week, we hit the links with returning friend of the show, Amanda Meadows, to figure out what the hell Will Smith was thinking when he agreed to The Legend of Bagger Vance

The magical negro in the purest sense, this movie opened up so many questions: was Bagger Vance a real person, can Black people take part in magical realism, and in 1930's Georgia there's...no racism? Maybe there's a reason it's Jada's l...

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August 17, 2022 81 min

This week, we've got a special Patreon preview! As we get things ready to launch, we thought it would be fun to give a little a preview of some of the things we got in store. 

From discussions on film, to interviews with creatives and journalist, to reviews of Black Tubi movies, we have big plans. So let us know what you'd like to see!

For today, we decided to dive into the very serious discussion of who is canonically Blac...

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August 10, 2022 118 min

*Note: Excuse the opening audio quality. A few technical issues but we get it sorted a few minutes in. Sorry about that*

 

This week we accept one of our most ambitious missions yet as we talk Bond...James Bond. That's right, we set our sights on the foremost super spy alongside the marvelous Frankie Huang

We start by discussing the latest movie and final in the Daniel Craig saga, No Time to Die.  Did they do Lashana Lynch di...

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Si Se Puede! We're back with another nostalgic fave as we head to regionals to judge the 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie, Gotta Kick It Up! Cameron is out this week, but Jordan is joined by the tremendous Brenda Gonzalez of the Tamarindo podcast.

Together, they talk about Ms. Bartlett's unseasoned dance moves, the coded Disney imagery (specifically Chuy), and true story that inspired the movie. 

Also, in this weeks cauca...

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HOW DID NO ONE KNOW HE WAS WHITE!?!?

Sorry, getting ahead of ourselves. This week, Jordan and Cameron discuss a movie people have been asking for again and again. 1986's Soul Man.

Look, C. Thomas Howell is in black face. Period. That's the movie. But we are so very lucky to be joined by the perfect guests to discuss this train wreck, Wynter and Karen from Waiting to X-Hale

There's so much to discuss here. Karen and Wy...

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July 20, 2022 109 min

We Genie? In another WPWSY investigation, we follow up on a question posed by friend of the show, Brent of Home Video Hustle...is Kazaam a white savior movie?

On the one hand, it's mostly a terrible kids movie with some unbelievably bad raps by Shaq, goofy CGI and a non-sensical plot. On the other hand, Max literally grants Shaq his freedom after telling him multiple times that he "owns him". 

We also get into some prim...

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On part two of our very special episode, we get into some of the crazier episodes of Diff'rent Strokes. Drummonds Korean War love child? The slave owning ancestor? The native burial ground?

The tremendous Kachelle and Kalisha Zachery of WATZS Productions help us discuss each of these wild episodes, the legacy of Eric Monte, and the proverbial cornucopia of caucacity that's been happening this summer.  

The Zachery sisters a...

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Today, a very special episode of WPWSY! That's right, we're talking about the seminal TV show, Diff'rent Strokes. The show that turned Gary Coleman into a star, ushered in a new era of TV, and also was problematic as hell. 

We're joined by the tremendous Kachelle and Kalisha Zachery of WATZS Productions to talk about Norman Leer, the infamous blackface episode, and proper representation. 

The Zachery sisters are doi...

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July 6, 2022 107 min

School is out, but we're going back to the classroom, rolling out the big TV on the cart, and watching Bill Nye. That's right, we're talking about The 1996 caucastic classic, The Substitute. 

Starring Tom Berenger, Ernie Hudson, and Diane Venora, it's a masterclass of middle aged karate, 30 year old gangbanging teens, and one of the most convoluted plots we've seen in a while. 

Nothing to plug this week, except ...

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June 29, 2022 129 min

Once again, we're coming for some of your problematic childhood faves! This time around, it's the 1995 Disney hit, Pocahontas

We're lucky to be joined by the tremendous Hanna Flint (MTV Movies) to break down the long list of things wrong with this movie, starting with the fact that it's all a lie. We get into the true story of Pocahontas, talk about the strange behind the scenes, and if it would even be possible t...

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June 22, 2022 129 min

Finally, the movie Jordan has been waiting to talk about since the podcast started, 2016's Gods of Egypt!

That's right, a movie called Gods of Egypt, but staring only one Black person (Chadwick Boseman). A movie called Gods of Egypt, but according to the director Alex Proyas, isn't actually about Egypt at all. A movie called Gods of Egypt, but cast one of the palest actors around in Geoffrey Rush as RA THE GOD OF THE SU...

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June 15, 2022 112 min

On today's episode, Jordan and Cam go 2 on 2 with the 1992 sports classic, White Men Can't Jump

We debate whether this is actually a white savior film since Woody Harrelson is mostly down bad throughout, if there is any reason for a remake, and what the Blackest game show is. 

Also, we reach peak caucacity with this weeks ranking system. 

As always, you can follow Cameron at @theblipster1138 and Jordan at @jrsosa1...

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We once again return to the MCU (Mississippi cinematic universe) to finish up The Delta Trilogy. We've seen the Ghosts of Mississippi, wondered if there is ever A Time to Killand now we're joined by the wonderful H. Drew Blackburn to witness Mississippi Burning. 

This one has it all. The FBI as civil rights heroes, Black people getting beat like clockwork, a white love story, not to mention the screenwriter blaming Corett...

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We welcome back the delightful Danielle G. of Young, Gifted, and Abroad to discuss Wes Craven's most confounding and perhaps scariest film, Music of The Heart. 

Starring Meryl Streep, the film draws on the real life of Roberta Guaspari, a violin teacher who berates Black and Brown children for over 2 hours. But the twist is, they love it! So much so it earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination. 

We talk about a particularly wild ...

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We assemble an All-Star panel to discuss one of the most divisive seasons of TV in recent memory, Atlanta Season 3. 

Dylan Green, Ifeanyi Awachie, and Julian Lytle come through to talk about it all. The 4 year wait, the anthology episodes, Van, and more. 

Does it work? What did we like and what left us scratching our heads? What are we looking forward to in season 4?

Only thing we want to promote this week is ways you can help the ...

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